Album Reviews

Tyler Farr’s Suffer in Peace

Suffer In Peace
Courtesy: Columbia Records

“At a time where country music is getting increasingly shallow, sometimes to a fault, sometimes for the better, Farr digs deeper and continually cuts songs with some sort of emotional value.”

Kelsea Ballerini’s Debut EP

Kelsea Ballerini E.P.“The EP serves as a strong coming out party for an artist that some have gone as far to call the next Taylor Swift.”

Dallas Smith’s Lifted

DS_COVER_LIFTED“Anytime an artist is introducing themselves into a genre it’s important to stay true to your sound. For Smith that’s a rock background with a touch of country.”

Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions

Cole Swindell's Down Home Sessions

“Cole Swindell has improved greatly as a vocalist over the last few years. Down Home Sessions is the culmination of hard work as he looks to perfect a sound uniquely his own.”

Maddie & Tae’s Debut EP

Maddie & Tae EP“The teenage country duo already has one smash hit to their name, but their EP shows a different side. They’re able to break free of country pop and show off their true southern roots.”

Sam Hunt’s Montevallo

Sam-Hunt-300x300“It’s an album true to who Sam is. Pop and R&B influences shine through on a album full of country lyrics.”

Little Big Town’s Pain Killer

Pain Killer“It’s not a party album, rather a reflective album; released at the perfect time with a number of nearly perfect songs.”

Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes

Anything GoesAnything Goes is the perfect sophomore album, it gives their dedicated fans more of what they’re used while subtly stepping outside of their comfort zones.”

Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt

Old Boots, New DirtOld Boots, New Dirt is more of the same. A collection of party songs with big guitars and stereotypical country lyrics mixed with power ballads with simple chords and commercially appealing lyrics.”


Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival

The Big Revival“Overall, The Big Revival is the best album released so far this year. It’s exactly what country music needed. Chesney has returned to his roots at the perfect time.”


Brad Paisley’s Moonshine in the Trunk

Moonshine in the Trunk“Witty lyrics, catchy choruses, and Paisley’s patented guitar solos make Moonshine in the Trunk the best country album of the summer.”


Lee Brice’s I Don’t Dance

I Don't Dance“As a whole I Don’t Dance leaves you wondering what could have been, rather than wondering just how successful the album will become.”


Sam Hunt’s X2C

x2c_1“Sam Hunt isn’t making traditional country music. It’s a pure mix of country lyrics and pop beats. That doesn’t mean it isn’t excellent.”


Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am

Just As I am“Discovering who you want to be as an artist while accounting for commercial success creates challenges. This album sets Gilbert up perfectly to conquer both.”


Hunter Hayes’ Storyline

Storyline“That is what makes Hayes so intriguing as an artist. He breaks out of the the mold and is making music his own way.”



Rascal Flatts’Rewind

Rewind“They used to be the kings of pop-country, but as country music has shifted more towards a pop tune, Rascal Flatts has struggled to stay on top.”


Dierks Bentley’s Riser

Dierks-Bentley-Riser“There’s vulnerable, deeper side to Bentley on display, which is a pleasant surprise  from an artist who, up until the last few years, had made his living on putting out hard-rocking party anthems.”


Thomas Rhett’s It Goes Like This

It Goes Like This“Rhett demonstrates the ability to not just put together an album, but one that holds an audience and tells a collective story that incorporates all aspects of his life.”

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